“More More More,” Said the Baby

imgresWilliams, Vera B. “More More More” Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories. New York: Greenwillow, 1990.

Summary: Three little toddlers, Little Guy, Little Pumpkin and Little Bird, each say “more, more, more!”

Uses: Nicknames, Rhyming text, art class ideas

Awards: 1991 Caldecott Honor

Borrowed from the Knoxville Public Library


Press Here

imgresTullet, Hervé, and Christopher Franceschelli. Press Here. San Francisco: Chronicle, 2011.

Summary: Press here is a book illustrated with multicolored dots. It instructs readers to “press the yellow dot” or other similar instructions and…voila! Changes appear on the next page.

Uses: Have kids write and illustrate  their own “press here” book with finger paints.

Awards: 2012 Building Block Award, ALA  Notable children’s book, Publisher’s Weekly best book of the year, Kirkus Best Children’s Book of the Year.

Part of my home collection.

Miss Nelson is Missing

61+wtb7a5lL._SY300_Allard, Harry, and James Marshall. Miss Nelson Is Missing! Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977.

Summary: Miss Nelson is a nice teacher. So nice that her students take advantage of her. They learn to appreciate her when she goes “missing” and a mean teacher named Miss Viola Swamp takes her place.

Uses: Morals and teaching classroom behavior.

Awards: 1977 Edgar Allen Poe runner up, 1985 Colorado Book Award

Borrowed from the Knoxville Public Library

Can We Save the Tiger?

200px-Can_We_Save_the_TigerJenkins, Martin, and Vicky White. Can We save the Tiger? Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2011.

Summary: Tigers are special—and so are ground iguanas and partula snails and even white-rumped vultures. But these and many other animals are in danger of disappearing altogether, joining the dodo, the marsupial wolf, the great auk, and  other animals we will never see again.

Uses: A great picture book to use with older kids interested in extinction.

Awards: 2011 Horn Book honor, 2012 Greenaway Medal honor

Borrowed from the Knoxville Public Library


Big Wolf & Little Wolf

200px-Big_Wolf_Little_WolfBrun-Cosme, Nadine, and Olivier Tallec (illustrator). Big Wolf & Little Wolf. New York: Enchanted Lion, 2009.

Brief summary: A story about a friendship that develops between a (once) solitary big wolf and the little wolf that comes into his life.

Classroom uses: Ask students who Big Wolf and Little Wolf remind them of in their life. Maybe a special relationship someone has with their brother or sister? Or a parent?

Awards: 2010 Batchelder Honor

Borrowed this book from the Knoxville Public Library.

Black Dog

13531002Pinfold, Levi. Black Dog. [Somerville, MA]: Templar, 2012.

Brief summary: A huge black dog appears outside the house. No one knows what to do other than hide. Small isn’t afraid one bit.

Uses: Ask students what they think happened to make the big dog small again. Do they think he was ever huge to begin with or was it their fear making him “look” big?

Awards: 2013 Greenaway Medal, 2013 Horn Book picture honor

Borrowed this book from the Knoxville Public Library.


William’s Doll

William's_Doll_(1972_book)Zolotow, Charlotte, and William Pène Du Bois. William’s Doll. New York: Harper & Row, 1972.

Brief summary: William wants a doll. His father buys him a basketball and a toy train set. William’s grandmother is the only one that understands. She buys him a doll because “he needs it to hug, and to cradle and to take to the park so that when he’s a father, he’ll know how to take care of his baby.”

Classroom uses: Discuss gender roles and how it’s OK to like something others may think is weird. Reiterate that bullying is not tolerated.

Awards: ALA Notable Children’s Book, SLJ Best Books of 1972, NYT Outstanding Children’s Books of 1972.

Borrowed this book from the Knoxville Public Library.